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Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-July-2020  14:48:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-July-2020  00:13:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the president and CEO of MSI, Sheng-Chang Chiang, has died after a fall. A leading hardware company has lost its leader. Earlier today in Taiwan, MSI general manager and CEO Charles Chiang passed away after falling from one of the company’s buildings. Chiang, 56, had been with MSI for more than two decades before taking over as chief executive in 2019.

A man who was fined for Engineering without a license has been vindicated. In 2017 Motherboard shared the story of Mats Järlström, the Oregon electrical engineer who challenged the state’s traffic light timing. What began as a simple quest to help his wife avoid an unfair ticket turned into a multi-year saga after the Oregon Board of Engineers fined him thousands of dollars—simply because he dared discuss the issue when he wasn’t technically a traffic engineer. Unlike many stories, Järlström’s saga finally has a happy ending.

Google, or rather another subsidy of their parent company Alphabet, have launched balloon internet in Kenya. In a blog post announcing the news, Loon’s CEO Alastair Westgarth said that the 4G LTE service will be provided to Telkom Kenya subscribers via a fleet of around 35 balloons, covering an area of around 50,000 square kilometers across western and central areas of the country, including its capital, Nairobi.

Some reviews turned up yesterday for AMD's new "XT" range of 3000-series Ryzen CPUs. As mentioned earlier these seem to mostly offer slightly higher Turbo speeds than their X equivalent, but have the nice side effect of pushing the pricing of the older CPUs down. Here's some links:

AMD Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT and 3900XT on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT / Ryzen 7 3800XT / Ryzen 9 3900XT Linux Performance on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT review on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3000XT Series CPU Review: Zen 2 Turbocharged on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT, and 3900XT (Zen 2) on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT on TechPowerUp.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-July-2020  23:15:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Is the Ryzen 3 3300X Better Value than the Ryzen 5 3600? on TechSpot.
ASUS STRIX B550-I Gaming on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Racing B460GTA on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound Blaster X3 on ThinkComputers.
GIGABYTE G32QC Gaming Monitor Review: 32" 1440p 165Hz on Tweaktown.
HiFiMAN Deva with Bluemini headset on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Mini PC PN62 on Vortez.
Dell XPS 15 9500 Review: A Case Study In Excellence on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
DURGOD Taurus K320 Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG Pugio II mouse on TechPowerUp.

Crucial P2 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD on OCInside.
Lexar NM610 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Sabrent USB 3.2 Rugged NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure on Tweaktown.
CARDEA ZERO Z340 NVMe M.2 512GB SSD on BabelTechReviews.
Silicon Power Blaze B03 USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Kioxia Exceria 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.

Accell Driver-Less USB-C 4K Dock Station on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR-4600 MHz CL19 2x8GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-U12S chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Linksys MX5 Velop AX Whole Home Wi-Fi 6 System on Tweaktown.
OCC's Skully Preview game on OCClub.
Thermaltake V250 TG ARGB case on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-July-2020  13:42:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe, biatch, metamorphosis and JugV2 this week!

GIGABYTE Laptop Reviews by windwithme (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-July-2020  18:15:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed a few more laptop reviews by windwithme in the forums, all from GIGABYTE:

Mech. Keyboard & Ultrathin Bezel
AORUS 17 Ultimate Gaming Laptop

Thin Bezel & Detachable Battery
AORUS 7 Mid-Range Gaming Laptop

Core i7-10875H & RTX 2070 Super
AERO 17 HDR Creator Laptop

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-July-2020  21:41:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) on Vortez.

Thermaltake Riing Quad 12 RGB Fan on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 Series Cooling Fans on APHNetworks.

Patriot Viper Steel 64GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Antec Katana Series 7 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 MHz on FunkyKit.

Kingston A2000 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Samsung 870 QVO 2TB SATA3 SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung SSD 870 QVO on HotHardware.
Samsung 870 QVO 4TB V-NAND SATA SSD on Tweaktown.
SAMSUNG 870 QVO SSD on Vortez.
Gigabyte AORUS M.2 NVMe Gen4 SSD / 1TB on Bjorn3D.
Team Group T-Force Spark RGB 128 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 10 Pro AS7110T NAS on Tweaktown.
ROG Strix Arion M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure on Bjorn3D.
Samsung 870 QVO 1TB & 4TB SATA3 SSD on Anandtech.

CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers on TechPowerUp.
Corsair iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers on ThinkComputers.
Corsair iCUE LT100 RGB Lighting Towers on APHNetworks.
E-Win Flash Series XL Gaming Chair on BabelTechReviews.
Razer Blade Pro 17 laptop on UltraBookReview.
ASRock Radeon RX 5600 XT Phantom Gaming D3 GPU on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master Masterbox TD500 Mesh case on TechPowerUp.
Silicon Power Blast Plug BP82 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-June-2020  23:59:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

cokeeffekt is building a
tiny ITX gaming case

Vanne has a retro
Compaq Deskpro build

Mistkal is having a
Socket370 nightmare

luke_o built a tiny
3700x Mini-ITX machine

sonicthemouse has made
custom ITX and MATX cases

Soc is building a Clubman
with a Hayabusa engine

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-June-2020  00:33:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's 2020 and there's some flying car news, thanks von Stalhein! Like a scene straight out of Mad Max, flying cars are set to grace the South Australian outback in Coober Pedy, where the original film was shot. It may sound futuristic, but an international startup says it will host a full-scale flying car race in remote South Australia before the end of the year.

Even if I don't have my flying car yet, perhaps I can smash things with my robot arm. At ICRA this week, researchers from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada are finally giving us what we want, in the form of a waist-mounted remote controlled hydraulic arm that can help you with all kinds of tasks while also being able, should you feel the need, to smash through walls.

It's reached the point where the concept of suicide drones doesn't surprise me anymore. Have we learned nothing from Philip K. Dick stories?! The Pentagon tested a loitering munition, more commonly referred to as a suicide drone, last year that will arrive over its designated target area at hypersonic speeds. It has since turned the project over to the U.S. Army for further development. Additional details about the program, dubbed Vintage Racer, have now emerged in an official picture showing Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy discussing it, as well as other advanced weapon systems.

Back to Earth, and Guru3D look at Ryzen memory scaling. The impact of memory timings and frequency on AMD Ryzen 3000 systems in games has been a topic of discussion. In this article, we'll zoom in on specifically that. See, AMD made a change in 3rd generations Ryzen, aka "Zen 2" processors, splitting the memory controllers from the die that contains CPU cores. The DDR4 memory controller is located in the processor's 12 nm I/O controller die. What's the game performance effect with frequencies, latencies, and ranks.

Here's a fairly heavy-going article about the history of non-volatile memory. As with every significant semiconductor product development, from the transistor to the microprocessor, NVM devices evolved from the work of pioneering researchers who built on the efforts of their predecessors through intuitive insights, lucky breaks, trial and error, and a determination to ignore the doubts of naysayers. This article is a chronological presentation of some of those pioneers and their key technology developments from the first glimmerings of the idea at Fairchild in 1960 to the high-volume manufacture of Flash chips in the last decade of the 20th century.

Another interesting read comes from metamorphosis, about tracking down people who changed their name to Turok in a promotional contest years ago. But perhaps its most successful and notorious stunt was to raise awareness for Turok: Evolution. This 2002 PR campaign offered five members of the British public £500 and a free Xbox if they changed their name to Turok. The idea that people took up this offer is amazing to me. Signing for parcels, going to work, going on dates named after a fictional dinosaur hunter – what was life like as Mr or Mrs Turok? I had to know, which is why I decided to track them down and ask them myself.

Also, the Segway is officially dead. Now, less than 20 years after the first Segway’s release, Fast Company has learned that the Segway brand will retire the last Segway as we know it, the Segway PT.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-June-2020  00:05:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming on Guru3D.
ASRock B550 Taichi on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
XPG Summoner RGB Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Dream Machines DM2 Supreme Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Corsair H100i RGB PRO XT All-In-One cooler on LanOC.
Corsair A500 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Zalman CNPS17X CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Sennheiser GSP 300 EPOS Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Vissles 2-in-1 Music Pill on TechPowerUp.

EnGenius SkyKey I Network Management Controller on NikKTech.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro Review: A Rugged Battery Life Champ on HotHardware.
InWin C200 case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair DDR4 3200 Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB memory on OCClub.
ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT TUF EVO video card on TechPowerUp.
ICY DOCK ICYNano MB861U31-1M2B NVMe USB-C Enclosure on TechPowerUp.


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